Dear friends, thank you for participating to the Flag Raising Ceremony in honour and remembrance of the Hellenic, Australian, British and New Zealand troops and the men and women of Crete who took part in the “Battle of Crete” in WWII and sacrificed their lives for freedom and democracy.
The event was organized by the Hellenic Canadian Federation of Ontario Charitable and Educational Foundation, the Canadian Hellenic Congress and the Hellenic Canadian Congress of Ontario in conjunction with Councillor Mary Frangedakis and Councillor Jim Karygiannis.
At the same time, May 19 was the remembrance day of the Hellenic Pontian Genocide. During WWI and its aftermath (1914–22), Kemal and his neoturks started the systematic genocide of the Pontian Greek population from its historic homeland.
On May 4, 2016, the Toronto City Council passed a motion presented by Councillors Jim Karygiannis and Mary Frangedakis to recognize the Greek Pontian Genocide and to honour the memory of the men, women and children who died.
Councillor Mary Frangedakis
Councillor Jim Karygiannis
General Fragkoulis Fragkos
Mr. Panagiotis Sgouridis
Mr. Anastasios Baxevanidis – HCCO President
Mr. Chris Kotsaboikidis – Pontian Brotherhood President
Mr. George Manios – VP Canadian Hellenic Congress
Mr. Dominic Capioni – President of Ethnocultural Center
Mrs. Diane Dragasevic – Serbian National Seal
Mr. Sevac Becian – Armenian National Committee
Mr. Nicholas Vlachopoulos – Royal Military College
Mr. James Karas – PanMacedonian
Mr. Stathis Michailidis – VP Pontian Federation US & Canada
Mr. Nikiforos Lambiris – Thessalon Federation
Mr. Nikos Lagoudis – Cypriot Community
Mr. Thomas Saras – The Ethnic Press
Watch the whole ceremony here:Ceremony May 19, 2017